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All cards messed up

I just bought a new computer with a CF card reader. When I insert the card it reads it, and if I use the "safely remove USB memory" feature, if I try another or the same card it does not see it until I restart. The store where I bought the computer said to just remove without the "safely remove button". That works but now it seems like all my cards are messed up. I have reformatted them all, and they just don't seem to do anything. Some will take a pic, then say there is nothing on the card either through the camera or the computer. I have re-charged batteteis and formatted all cards to no avail.

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Re: all cards messed up

This is a just a thought but some of the better CF cards have a small generally white switch on them. When it is flipped you can not write to or erase of format the cards. If you have the switch try flpping it and see if this changes anything.

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Insert the memory card into the system and this will be displayed as the mass storage device in my computer. Right click over the removable disk and then click format. It will format the memory card.
Then insert the memory card into the camera. Now the camera will not show the error message.

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Can you read the card in your camera?
If you cannot read the card in the and ouch.
Try to get the card to a friend or someone who can read the CF.
Then see if they can read the card.

Hate to say it, but with an error like that, it may mean that the CF card is not working.

Are you trying to read the CF card on a reader on the computer?
Try your usb cable to the computer instead of the reader.

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